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862nd Bomb Squadron

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  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 493rd Bomb Group was the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel Elbert...

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Debach

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People

  • Brian Abbott

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group

  • John Abbott

    Military | Corporal | Clerk-Typist | 493rd Bomb Group

  • Charles Acklin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group

  • William Adickes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Cyrus Aidala

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 42-94812 'Little Warrior' 29-Jun-44; flak hit caused conflagration, flames from cockpit to rear of bomb bay. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6721 Awards: PH.

  • William Alder

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group

  • John Alexandrowicz

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 493rd Bomb Group

  • Albert Alfano

    Military | Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group

  • Gaylon Alfred

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 21 January 1945 in B-17 #4338340, 'Milk Run. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Otto Alley

    Military | Corporal | Truck Driver, Light | 493rd Bomb Group

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Aircraft

  • 42-32087 Old Glory/Ain't Misbehavin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/1/44; Gr Island 17/2/44; Presque Is 12/3/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG [9Z-M] Deopham Green 13/3/44; Missing in Action Gdynia 6/8/44 with Louis Graber, Co-pilot: Morris Freed, Navigator: Fran Maloney, Bombardier: Nick Milcic, Flight...

  • 42-50442

    B-24 Liberator
    Crashed on Mission 554 of 15 August 1944. Target : Florennes / Jusaine airfield, Belgium

  • 42-52759

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-94789

    B-24 Liberator

  • 43-38216 Tempest Turner

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8 July 1944; Kearney 18 July 1944; Dow Field 3 August 1944. Assigned 862BS/493BG Debach 4 August 1944. Named by the John I Lewis crew. Transferred 18BS/34BG Mendlesham 1945. Returned to the USA Bradley 26 June 1945. 4168 Base Unit,...

  • 43-38223 Day's Pay

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/7/44; Kearney 18/7/44; Grenier 7/8/44; so named as 51,000 employees of the Hanford Wks, Seattle, chipped in a day’s pay towards war effort; Assigned 34BG Mendlesham, transferred 862BS/493BG Debach 9/8/44; (50+m) transferred 410BS...

  • 43-38229 Better Duck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/7/44; Kearney 19/7/44; Dow Fd 3/8/44; Assigned 862BS/493BG Debach 4/8/44; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-N] Horham 1/45; with D.G. Helgeson force landed A-78 afb Florennes/Juzaine, Bel. 9/3/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45;...

  • 43-38235 Skipper, Lucifer's Lounge

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/7/44; Hunter 20/7/44; Grenier 2/8/44; Assigned 34BG Mendlesham, transferred 862BS/493BG Debach 3/8/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 1/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 4/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

  • 43-38311 American Lady

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/7/44; Kearney 28/7/44; Grenier 8/8/44; Assigned 862BS/493BG Debach 10/8/44; Missing in Action Hamburg 30/3/45 with Lew Hoagland, Fred Palmer, Art Hildebrandt, Sherman Hoops, Ed Knabb, Bob Bailey, Frank Weston, Jim Haggard, Bruce...

  • 43-38319

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/7/44; Kearney 29/7/44; Grenier 9/8/44; Assigned 860BS/493BG [NG-P] Debach 12/8/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 12/9/44 with Edwin Bisaro, Co-pilot: Lyle Davis, Bombardier: Harry Winans, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ken...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2015 06:52:30 Robin Changes to media associations
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Robin Deutsch

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 10:54:35 rossingtonj Changes to type
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:51 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)

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